Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Special Education - Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education

Total Credit Hours: 36          Degree Format: Online

 

Majors in special education/deaf education demonstrate content knowledge through passing the state required content assessment in deaf education. Students in this graduate program will demonstrate skills in assessment, instructional strategies, use of technology and monitoring/modifying instruction during observed teaching episodes evaluated by a university supervisor and P-12 mentor teacher. This is an online program.
Program Coordinator: Dr. Jennifer Beal, email: jsbeal@valdosta.edu, phone: 229-219-1317

  

Department of Teacher Education Website

ADMISSION DEADLINES

  • Fall Semester: July 15
  • Spring Semester: November 15
  • Summer Semester: April 15

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Online Graduate Application

  • Application Fee (credit or debit card and e-checks accepted)
  • Apply Online

Official transcript from your bachelor’s degree-granting school and from any graduate coursework.

  • Transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at VSU will be obtained by the Graduate School
  • Must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited institution.
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA or combined undergraduate and graduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 Scale. Applicants not meeting the required GPA may be eligible for admission by an alternative pathway (see below).
  • DEMONSTRATED PROFICIENCY IN AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE (ASL)
    • Must provide verification of a Level 2 on the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI) or an Intermediate on the Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI)
  • PASSING SCORE ON GEORGIA EDUCATOR ETHICS ASSESSMENT

 

Two Recommendations

  • General Recommendation Form Required
  • Please enter the name and email of your recommenders as you complete the application. They should receive an email inviting them to compelte the recommendation after that. If they do not receive the email (or find it in their spam folder), they may submit their recommendation as an email attachment to gradschool@valdosta.edu. The General Recommendation Form can be used if the email from the online recommendation system does not arrive.
  • Letters must be accompanied by the required form or submitted through the online recommendation system.

Personal statement

  • A statement explaining what has led to your decision to become an educator. 
  • The statement should be no longer than 300 words. 

Distance Learning Exemption of the VSU Medical Form

  • The form must be completed and signed by the student/applicant.
  • This form must be received prior to enrollment, NOT prior to admission.
  • Applicants who are currently enrolled, and those who attended VSU in the past, are not required to resubmit the Medical Form

Verification of Lawful Presence 

(For applicants who believe they qualify for in-state tuition or a residency waiver.)

  • This is not required for individuals who do not qualify for in-state tuition or a residency waiver.
  • This must be received prior to enrollment (if applicable), NOT prior to admission.
  • Citizenship documentation is needed for any applicant who wishes to be considered for in-state tuition.
  • Check out a complete list of accepted documents and residency information here.

Unless otherwise indicated above, all required documents must be received on or before the admission deadline for your file to be reviewed. It is the applicant's responsibility to allow adequate time for document delivery and to en-sure receipt of documents. Please allow at least 7-10 days for delivery by mail.

ADMISSION BY ALTERNATIVE PATHWAY REQUIREMENTS

1. Must have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA or combined undergraduate and graduate GPA of    2.5 on a 4.0 scale AND meet requirements for one of the following alternative pathways:

  • Alternative Pathway 1: Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree (i.e. 3000 and 4000 level coursework); or
  • Alternative Pathway 2: Have a minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale in all graduate coursework (must have completed at least 6 credit hours of graduate work in which a letter grade was awarded); or
  • Alternative Pathway 3: Have an undergraduate GPA earned ten or more years prior to admission.

2. Must have a competitive score on either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).  Recommended minimum scores:

  • GRE: Verbal - 143 and Quantitative 138 (or 750 combined if taken before August 1, 2011)
  • MAT: 375

3. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college/university.

4. Two recommendations (form required) from professionals familiar with your professional or academic  background.

5. Personal statement (no longer than 300 words) explaining what has led to your decision to become an educator. 

6. Must provide verification of the SLPI (Speech-Language Proficiency Interview) at a Level 2

7. Passing score on teh Georgia educator ethics Assessment (Test 360)

IMPORTANT PROGRAM INFORMATION

  • To complete the program students must be working in a classroom, or be able to spend 20 hours per week as a classroom volunteer or para-professional, with a deaf/hard of hearing student population. Please contact the program advisor, Mrs. Renee Whitmer, about any concerns of meeting this requirement.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS 

The M.A.T. program is fully online. Due to Homeland Security guidelines, student visas cannot be issued for fully online programs.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Exam – Applicants whose first language is not English (based on country of citizenship) must submit official scores on the TOEFL exam. International applicants whose first language is not English but who have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a U.S. institution may be exempt from the TOEFL requirement.

  • Evaluation of International Transcripts - Applicants who have completed coursework at an institution outside of the United States must submit a course-by-course evaluation of the coursework.  This transcript evaluation must be completed by an international education credentials evaluation service such as Josef Silny, ECE, etc.  The transcript evaluation does not replace the transcript requirement. Official transcripts are still required.

HAVE QUESTIONS?

For admission questions about this program, please contact the Graduate School by phone, email, or stop by our office.
  • Call Us: 229-333-5694 or toll free 800-618-1878, Option #5
  • Email Us: gradschool@valdosta.edu 
  • Visit Us: Converse Hall (Main Campus), Third Floor, Suite 3100

For additional program details contact Program Coordinator: Dr. Jennifer Beal, email: jsbeal@valdosta.edu, phone: 229-219-1317.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

  1. A 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) is required for graduation. No grade below a “C” will be credited toward the degree.
  2. Candidates must submit an application for graduation one semester prior to their expected graduation date.
  3. Prior to recommendation for certification an applicant must pass the GACE Deaf Education Content Assessment.
  4. Candidates will successfully complete a capstone applied research project.

RETENTION, DISMISSAL, & READMISSION POLICIES

  1. After admission, courses taken more than seven years prior to the semester of degree completion cannot be used to meet graduate degree requirements or admission to doctoral candidacy requirements unless otherwise indicated by individual program requirements. 
  2. No more than 6 semester hours of academic work may be transferred from another institution into a College of Education graduate program. Transfer credit will be evaluation after admission by the academic department.
  3. Earning grades below “B” in graduate courses will result in the following consequences: Students admitted Fall 2011 and thereafter will be dismissed from the Graduate School if they accumulate three or more academic deficiency points unless otherwise indicated by individual program policy. A grade of “C” (although it may be credited toward a degree) equals one deficiency point. A grade of “D,” “WF” or “F,” or “U” (none of which will be credited toward a degree) equals two deficiency points. Candidates admitted BEFORE Fall 2011 and receiving two grades below “C” (“D”, “F”, “WF”,“U”) will be dismissed from the program. One grade below a "C" results in a warning.
  4. If dismissed from the program a student must not be enrolled for two semesters. Application for readmission may be initiated during the second semester. Readmission is not guaranteed, and prior academic performance and student conduct/disposition in the program will be considered. The academic program reserves the right to place specific conditions and contingencies on any offer of readmission.

Total Credit Hours: 36          Degree Format: Online

 

Majors in special education/deaf education demonstrate content knowledge through passing the state required content assessment in deaf education. Students in this graduate program will demonstrate skills in assessment, instructional strategies, use of technology and monitoring/modifying instruction during observed teaching episodes evaluated by a university supervisor and P-12 mentor teacher. This is an online program.
Program Coordinator: Dr. Jennifer Beal, email: jsbeal@valdosta.edu, phone: 229-219-1317

  

Department of Teacher Education Website

ADMISSION DEADLINES

  • Fall Semester: July 15
  • Spring Semester: November 15
  • Summer Semester: April 15

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Online Graduate Application

  • Application Fee (credit or debit card and e-checks accepted)
  • Apply Online

Official transcript from your bachelor’s degree-granting school and from any graduate coursework.

  • Transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at VSU will be obtained by the Graduate School
  • Must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited institution.
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA or combined undergraduate and graduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 Scale. Applicants not meeting the required GPA may be eligible for admission by an alternative pathway (see below).
  • DEMONSTRATED PROFICIENCY IN AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE (ASL)
    • Must provide verification of a Level 2 on the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI) or an Intermediate on the Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI)
  • PASSING SCORE ON GEORGIA EDUCATOR ETHICS ASSESSMENT

 

Two Recommendations

  • General Recommendation Form Required
  • Please enter the name and email of your recommenders as you complete the application. They should receive an email inviting them to compelte the recommendation after that. If they do not receive the email (or find it in their spam folder), they may submit their recommendation as an email attachment to gradschool@valdosta.edu. The General Recommendation Form can be used if the email from the online recommendation system does not arrive.
  • Letters must be accompanied by the required form or submitted through the online recommendation system.

Personal statement

  • A statement explaining what has led to your decision to become an educator. 
  • The statement should be no longer than 300 words. 

Distance Learning Exemption of the VSU Medical Form

  • The form must be completed and signed by the student/applicant.
  • This form must be received prior to enrollment, NOT prior to admission.
  • Applicants who are currently enrolled, and those who attended VSU in the past, are not required to resubmit the Medical Form

Verification of Lawful Presence 

(For applicants who believe they qualify for in-state tuition or a residency waiver.)

  • This is not required for individuals who do not qualify for in-state tuition or a residency waiver.
  • This must be received prior to enrollment (if applicable), NOT prior to admission.
  • Citizenship documentation is needed for any applicant who wishes to be considered for in-state tuition.
  • Check out a complete list of accepted documents and residency information here.

Unless otherwise indicated above, all required documents must be received on or before the admission deadline for your file to be reviewed. It is the applicant's responsibility to allow adequate time for document delivery and to en-sure receipt of documents. Please allow at least 7-10 days for delivery by mail.

ADMISSION BY ALTERNATIVE PATHWAY REQUIREMENTS

1. Must have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA or combined undergraduate and graduate GPA of    2.5 on a 4.0 scale AND meet requirements for one of the following alternative pathways:

  • Alternative Pathway 1: Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree (i.e. 3000 and 4000 level coursework); or
  • Alternative Pathway 2: Have a minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale in all graduate coursework (must have completed at least 6 credit hours of graduate work in which a letter grade was awarded); or
  • Alternative Pathway 3: Have an undergraduate GPA earned ten or more years prior to admission.

2. Must have a competitive score on either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).  Recommended minimum scores:

  • GRE: Verbal - 143 and Quantitative 138 (or 750 combined if taken before August 1, 2011)
  • MAT: 375

3. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college/university.

4. Two recommendations (form required) from professionals familiar with your professional or academic  background.

5. Personal statement (no longer than 300 words) explaining what has led to your decision to become an educator. 

6. Must provide verification of the SLPI (Speech-Language Proficiency Interview) at a Level 2

7. Passing score on teh Georgia educator ethics Assessment (Test 360)

IMPORTANT PROGRAM INFORMATION

  • To complete the program students must be working in a classroom, or be able to spend 20 hours per week as a classroom volunteer or para-professional, with a deaf/hard of hearing student population. Please contact the program advisor, Mrs. Renee Whitmer, about any concerns of meeting this requirement.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS 

The M.A.T. program is fully online. Due to Homeland Security guidelines, student visas cannot be issued for fully online programs.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Exam – Applicants whose first language is not English (based on country of citizenship) must submit official scores on the TOEFL exam. International applicants whose first language is not English but who have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a U.S. institution may be exempt from the TOEFL requirement.

  • Evaluation of International Transcripts - Applicants who have completed coursework at an institution outside of the United States must submit a course-by-course evaluation of the coursework.  This transcript evaluation must be completed by an international education credentials evaluation service such as Josef Silny, ECE, etc.  The transcript evaluation does not replace the transcript requirement. Official transcripts are still required.

HAVE QUESTIONS?

For admission questions about this program, please contact the Graduate School by phone, email, or stop by our office.
  • Call Us: 229-333-5694 or toll free 800-618-1878, Option #5
  • Email Us: gradschool@valdosta.edu 
  • Visit Us: Converse Hall (Main Campus), Third Floor, Suite 3100

For additional program details contact Program Coordinator: Dr. Jennifer Beal, email: jsbeal@valdosta.edu, phone: 229-219-1317.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

  1. A 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) is required for graduation. No grade below a “C” will be credited toward the degree.
  2. Candidates must submit an application for graduation one semester prior to their expected graduation date.
  3. Prior to recommendation for certification an applicant must pass the GACE Deaf Education Content Assessment.
  4. Candidates will successfully complete a capstone applied research project.

RETENTION, DISMISSAL, & READMISSION POLICIES

  1. After admission, courses taken more than seven years prior to the semester of degree completion cannot be used to meet graduate degree requirements or admission to doctoral candidacy requirements unless otherwise indicated by individual program requirements. 
  2. No more than 6 semester hours of academic work may be transferred from another institution into a College of Education graduate program. Transfer credit will be evaluation after admission by the academic department.
  3. Earning grades below “B” in graduate courses will result in the following consequences: Students admitted Fall 2011 and thereafter will be dismissed from the Graduate School if they accumulate three or more academic deficiency points unless otherwise indicated by individual program policy. A grade of “C” (although it may be credited toward a degree) equals one deficiency point. A grade of “D,” “WF” or “F,” or “U” (none of which will be credited toward a degree) equals two deficiency points. Candidates admitted BEFORE Fall 2011 and receiving two grades below “C” (“D”, “F”, “WF”,“U”) will be dismissed from the program. One grade below a "C" results in a warning.
  4. If dismissed from the program a student must not be enrolled for two semesters. Application for readmission may be initiated during the second semester. Readmission is not guaranteed, and prior academic performance and student conduct/disposition in the program will be considered. The academic program reserves the right to place specific conditions and contingencies on any offer of readmission.
The Graduate School
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    Suite 3100
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    Valdosta, GA. 31698
  • Mailing Address
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  • Phone: 229.333.5694
  • Fax: 229.245.3853
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